NFL Draft 2020: Everything you need to know
The NFL Draft 2020 may look a little different to how it was planned due to ongoing social distancing rules – boat rides on the fountains of Bellagio were mooted but will now make way for a full virtual experience.
So, with stars like Tom Brady moving on already, it’s now time for the teams to get serious about their new recruits.
We’ve put together a one-stop guide to everything you need to know…
How does the NFL Draft work?
The draft is made up of seven rounds, with 32 draft picks per round or one pick per team each round, with the initial order being decided by the previous season’s league standings.
However, it’s not always that simple as regular season transfers often contain the carat of a top end draft pick. This means you may see some teams go a few rounds without selecting and others with multiple picks in a single round.
There’s also the possibility of trades being called before or even during the Draft so when a team might not actually make a pick when you expect it to happen.
When is the NFL Draft?
The NFL Draft 2020 begins on Thursday 23rd April and ends on Saturday 25th April 2020.
Round one takes place on Thursday, with the second and third rounds on Friday before the final four rounds on Saturday.
- Round 1: Thursday, April 23
- Rounds 2-3: Friday, April 24
- Rounds 4-7: Saturday, April 25
Which teams need recruits?
The first pick should be made by the Cincinnati Bengals who look all set to select 2019 Heisman Trophy and National Championship winning quarter back Joe Burrows straight from LSU.
There’s the expectation that Washington Redskins may pick up Ohio State’s pass rusher Chase Young. Young has shown his quality after recording 16.5 sacks and 21 tackles for loss during the 2019 season. Add to that being the only Heisman Trophy finalist who didn’t play quarterback.
It’d be surprising if Redskins didn’t want to add Young to a defence that was 27th in yards and points allowed.
After they saw Brady and Cody Kessler go on to pastures new, the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport says ‘everybody knows’ the New England Patriots will go after a quarterback.
Coach Bill Belichick has drafted 11 quarterbacks in his time with the Pats, but will he use his premium pick to draft a replacement?
Super Bowl finalist San Francisco 49ers may use their draft pick from the Indianapolis Colts to pick up a wide receiver after Emmanuel Sanders left in the off-season.
Not everything is as rosy as you think for Super Bowl winners Kansas City Chiefs and they’ll hope to bag a highly-rated cornerback to bolster their roster – following the loss of Kendall Fuller to the Redskins.
How can I watch the NFL Draft?
All three days will be broadcast on Sky Sports Action with a build-up show on Thursday April 23rd from 6PM and the first picks expected from 1AM.
All odds and markets correct as of date of publication.